Start your (bodily) engines: the off-season Strava hill climbs comp is go. It runs from Sunday 23 September to midnight on Sunday 3 February. (That gives us time to get trophies engraved before the club dinner in March.) You can ride the climbs as many times as you want. There are competitions for men and women, both on and off-road. For this year, there will be a big-boned class too. If you’re 80kg or over (male) or 70kg or over (female) let us know on here and we’ll put a B after your name so we remember. Weight is your weight now - if you lose several kilos by February and slip down a class, don’t worry about it.
The rider with the lowest cumulative time (in each category) on the five hills, road or off-road, will win a trophy. If you win multiple trophies, you might just get one bigger trophy with a plaque listing all your victories.
1. You must be a paid-up member of Richardsons CC when any ride is done for it to count.
2. Before any counting ride, you must join Richardsons Cycling Club on Strava so that other club members can see your rides.
3. Only rides within the time period will count.
4. All rides must be uploaded and made public no later than the day after the climbs were ridden in order to count.
5. You can use any bicycle you like, so long as it doesn’t have an engine or a motor.
6. You must not get a tow off a vehicle or other cyclist.
7. At the end of each calendar month (approx), we’ll publish a league table of times. If your times are not visible on Strava (because you’ve gone faster on one of the climbs at an earlier date), you must inform the organiser (Dan Joyce), either by email, text, or by posting it on the RCC forum.
8. This is meant to be self-policing but any disputes will be decided by a majority vote of RCC Committee members. (So, for example, if your phone says you did a climb at 30mph, they can just toss it out as a phone error.)
That’s it. We know Strava isn’t 100% accurate. Sometimes you’ll get the breaks, sometimes you won’t even get a recording. It’s just meant to be a bit of fun really, and something to do over the autumn and winter.
Even if you don’t think you’ll be in with a shout of a trophy, it’s worth having a go at to see how much you can improve on the various hills. It’s great training! You’ll want to get some of the off-road climbs done before winter bites, as they’re much harder when it’s wet and muddy.
Any queries, post on the forum. I'm away now but someone should be able to tell you where the climbs start if you're not sure. We didn't get loads of suggestions for hill climbs, and quite a few of them are ones we've done before, so I just crossed out any we'd done recently (e.g. up past the jumps in Broxa was on last year's) and added one or two new ones to get a list of five. Enjoy!
RCC Olivers Mt Mere2Monument - https://www.strava.com/segments/4525470
White Gate Hill climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/1162621
Snainton Ln climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/735210
Shire Horse climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/3024721
Dalby - Just the hill - https://www.strava.com/segments/3357901
Overdale to Deepdale mtb - https://www.strava.com/segments/5187886
Jingleby Top Climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/6876743
rcc just enough grip climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/8533218
whisperdales hill climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/2582228
Richardsons stone slab climb - https://www.strava.com/segments/3558082